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Today we are Baking together!
Not only do kids love to eat those homemade cookies or muffins you so lovingly made they also love to help you make them and learn about the workings of a kitchen in the process!
That being said you should carefully consider which activities are suitable for your children at their age and ability level. I have a few things I do to keep my toddler busy in the kitchen while I work with “toddler unsafe” things.
1. Help unpacking the groceries and fetch ingredients when baking.
My 4 year old and 19 month old find this an awesome activity and will neatly pack the fridge with the items I hand them to pack away. My 4 year old will help his little sister pack things in the correct area if she puts it in the wrong place. (according to him)
I also ask my 4 year old to fetch ingredients when baking, expanding his vocabulary range and understanding of what is actually in the muffins he loves so.
2. An area on the counter
Having a clear work space for your kids free of sharp knifes and in my 19 month old’s case free of any glass bottles as well. Have a sturdy chair or stool for the kitchen area that the kids can stand safely on to access their counter space.
This works just as well on the kitchen table if you have one.
3. Handling meal items
Let your children rinse and wash the vegetables and fruits. Start with washing their hands then bring in the produce. This one is usually safe for even the youngest assistant.
When baking show children how to measure with the cup and mix the ingredients. The spoon I use for mixing is always a hit 🙂 (Electric beaters are not safe to use with young children.) Scooping the muffin mix into the pan is also a favorite activity for my eldest.
4. The clean up
Let the kids unwrap things such as packaging, the cheese and even the banana. Cool some boiled eggs and let them practice peeling the shells off.
My 4 year old is a pro at helping put things in the dustbin.
5. Set the table
Setting the table for the family can be a fun helping activity. I like to mix this up with different plates or cups. Or you can add something special to the table every odd night.
For further ideas for Getting kids into the kitchen, I love this break down of what they can do by age.
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